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CNN’s Ed Henry Won’t Let Robert Gibbs Pass on ‘Deem and Pass’
by Tommy Christopher | 3:41 pm, March 16th, 2010
The House Democrats’ procedural “Deem and Pass” strategy (also known as the “Slaughter Rule” and “Demon Pass”) was a hot topic at today’s White House briefing, with the AP’s Ben Feller leading off with a series of questions that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all but ignored.
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Explaining ‘Deem and Pass’
Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 12:57 PM by Domenico Montanaro
There have been lots of stories today on the latest legislative tactic Democratic leaders are considering using to try and pass the Senate health-care bill through the House.
This has a variety of names, including its technical one—the “Self-Executing Rule,” the more colloquial “Deem and Pass,” or by what Republicans are calling “The Slaughter Rule.” (This is named after New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee.)
Some stories have implied that there would not be a vote. For example, the Washington Post had this headline today: “House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it.”
This is true in the sense that there would not be a DIRECT vote. But the health-care bill would be voted on INDIRECTLY, tucked into what’s known as “the rule.” The rule essentially outlines the rules for an upcoming vote—in this case, it would be the vote on the package of reconciliation fixes.
By passing “the rule,” the House also would “deem” the Senate bill passed (with a “hereby” statement. “We hereby deem..."). The House would then vote on the package of reconciliation fixes. But the Senate health-care bill would be considered passed even if they never vote on the reconciliation fixes.
Deem And Pass! Deem’n Pass!! Demon Pass!!!
By Ed Carson
Wed., March 17, ‘10 12:07 AM ET
Democratic leaders hope that creating a Slaughter House will win over wavering members using a parliamentary maneuver to “deem” the Senate health bill passed without actually voting on it.
March 17, 2010
‘Deem and pass’ or a Demon Pass?
Nancy Pelosi calls it “deem and pass,” but the phrase sure sounds more like “Demon Pass.” And the ‘sound’ of what the Democrats propose is closer to the truth; our nation stands atop a mountain divide, and the populace waits to learn if we will continue our trek along a sun-drenched ridge, or if we will plunge headlong into a cold valley oppressed by fog and mist.
We stand at a Demon Pass. Which way will we go?
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